I am out of coffee today. It's always the worst when you go to make yourself your usual morning cup o' joe and realize there is not a single bean left anywhere. Except for the decaf. Why do I even have decaf? Of course I drank it - but still, it was a disappointing morning.
I do have some good news though, I think my office is officially done (well until I decide to change things) and I finally have some pictures to share! I started working on it at the beginning of the summer - verrrrry slowly obviously. Here is a picture of what it looked like before:
Sorry about the quality - this was the only photo I had, since I forgot to take actual before shots.
It was pretty cute if I do say so myself. The walls were a light grey with a bright blue accent wall. It was feminine and filled with all kinds of photos, books and random decor - I really did like this office, but I just wasn't feeling inspired and I was ready for something new.
I wanted something a little bit lighter, airier, and slightly more minimalist. I say slightly because I have a lot of stuff - I don't even know where it comes from. I would love to lead a more minimalistic life style and I think I have taken many steps to get there - but many more are needed for the amount of, pardon-my-french, crap, that I have accumulated over the years.
I added touches of gold and colour to the room, sparingly, just to keep a slightly feminine feel to it. I mainly used things I already had at home and repurposed them, I didn't even have to buy the paint since we had some leftover from our basement renovation.
We already had this storage system from Ikea but it wasn't being used so it made a perfect solution! I removed a lot of my books and kept only the ones I really love or can't be without, some of them are in other bookshelves around the house and some are hidden in bins- Like these wicker baskets and boxes that I bought from Ikea - they hide lots of the junk I don't necessarily want visible.
I also bought a small basket and placed it at the door with things that I am frequently using or looking at for quick access and disposal - The coffee sign that I got as a gift and hangs from my doorknob, my coffee magazine, my blanket for cold days and my Toronto Flower Market tote.
I had some cork board tiles leftover from another room, which I simply painted with white stripes and put up in a chevron pattern. I like keeping inspirational images, and quotes on there as well as things I need to remember.
These shelves were also leftovers from a *failed project in another room and they were just sitting in our garage. So I spray painted the brackets gold and they work perfectly in here! Everything on the shelf I already owned, and again, the use of boxes and baskets is great for keeping things clean and organized. This wicker basket stores about 25% of my art/crafting supplies.
I wanted decor that was light, easy and pretty - but also wouldn't break the bank, especially if I decided to change it down the road (which I'm likely to do). These tassels were really easy to make and I already had all of the tissue paper and string!
I kept my big glass desk from Ikea, which actually works well - although its such a small space, the glass makes it appear lighter than say a solid desk might look. It keeps the room looking airy and not stuffed with furniture.
Most of my desk items I already owned- I used cups and bowls that I had previously purchased from the dollar store and my leopard print paperclip holder is actually soap dish.
Again, I wanted art work that was easy to create, easy to change and felt pretty, natural and light. So in front of my desk I created a hanging garland from a tree branch and some feathers.
Its hard to see the white feathers on the white background in photos - but there is a mix of both white and brown (artificial by the way). They move ever so slightly throughout the day, and in the evening the shadows they create on the wall is artwork in itself! This might be my favourite thing in the whole room.
I like that the fact that I can change it up pretty easily as well - I can add some snowy garland for Christmas maybe or some hanging flowers in the spring. Peter has already used it to take clothing shots for a clients website!
The curtains were an Ikea purchase (but only $14!) - and I added some black pom-poms to the trim to give them more character.
These curtains were absolutely vital - the room gets A LOT of sunlight during the day, which is amazing - but with the brightness of the office itself, it can be a little bit overwhelming. The curtains really diffuse the light, so that its still bright without the glare bouncing off of all the surfaces.
The white shag rug on the floor was also a new purchase from Walmart.
I added some hangers as magazine holders, and just spray painted them gold. They serve as a sort of changeable artwork as well.
You guys might recognize the chair below, it's the lovely ghost chair from Structube that I got at blog podium! I love it SO much, and it fits perfectly in here. The pillow I bought from walmart.
So overall I spent around $100, maybe a little bit more if you count the plants I bought as well, but I got to redo my office completely. It's a whole new space and I LOVE it.
I was little afraid of decorating mainly in white, but the room just makes me feel alert and creative and gives me energy first thing in the morning, even on grey days this room feels bright and airy.
I think of all the new things I bought- this small rug is my favourite, the dogs love it and frequently come and take their naps on it and keep me company!
Hope you like it!